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25th Anniversary Distinguished Lecture Series - Prof. Joseph Tan

Prof. Joseph Tan from McMaster University visited the Department and delivered a Distinguished Lecture on "Mapping the Next Generation Human Health on a Global Scale: Eight e-Health Mega-Themes & Trends" on 17 December 2013 and also shared his expertise with the research postgraduate students. Prof. Tan overviewed the prevailing e-Health mega-themes and trends. Starting with the major reference disciplines contributing to the evolution of e-Health, the talk surveyed current developments, provided insights on new opportunities and ongoing challenges arising from these various e-Health mega-themes and trends. His findings were very inspiring, and the lecture was filled with lively discussions and interactions between Prof. Tan and the audiences.

Joseph Tan, Dip (Civil Engr.), BS (Math & Comp. Sc.), MA (Ind. & Mgmt Engr.), and PhD (MIS) is Wayne C Fox Chair of eBusiness Innovation and Professor of eHealth Informatics, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University. Prior to joining McMaster, he was Associate Professor and Acting Director of the MHA program, Department of Healthcare & Epidemiology, UBC Faculty of Medicine, Adjunct Faculty at the UVic School of Health Informatics, Research Fellow at BCIT Technology Center, and Professor & Chair of the ISM Department, SBA, Wayne State University, USA. Professor Tan is the founding and ongoing Editor-in-Chief, IJHISI and has served as distinguished faculty, invited speaker, panel moderator, research fellow and keynote for numerous local as well as major national and international conferences across North America, Asia, Middle East and Africa. Professor Tan has also been named as among the "top 10 most influential informatics professors" on HealthTechTopia website, invited to publish in the scientific journal, Nature, and sits on multiple peer-review federal grant agencies and journal editorial boards. He has a professional background that spans a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary research area. A lead investigator in redefining the frontiers of multidisciplinary Business and Health IT knowledge development, management and expansion, including active involvement in collaborative research and multidisciplinary joint-grant submissions, Dr. Tan has demonstrated skills and ability to serve in both academia and industry. Dr. Tan has been widely cited among various academic research communities, is among best-selling authors of scholarly books in health IT/IS areas, and has achieved recognized scholarship in teaching and learning with students’ nominations for teaching excellence awards. His overall career focus is on reshaping the landscape of IS/IT applications and promotion in e-Health informatics through cross-disciplinary thinking/project partnering with diverse practitioners, clinicians, researchers, and a variety of user communities.


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